Okay guys today we are talking about quinoa. Looks weird, tastes delicious. I find that any other grain besides rice can sometimes seem overwhelming or a bit foreign. Quinoa really isn’t, you actually prepare it just as you would traditional rice. There is so much you can do with this “super grain”. It’s a great alternative to rice as it is jam packed with protein, and doesn’t seem to weigh you down when you eat it. It’s also gluten-free so its a great side dish alternative. It also contains all 8 essential amino acids!
There are several different kinds of quinoa that I will be featuring periodically. Today, we are just going to focus on pearl quinoa which is the most common and the one we are all most likely familiar with. It’s a beige tiny pearl like grain when uncooked and becomes fluffy, yellow and “tadpole” like when cooked (The little stringy fiber hangs off after it’s been cooked, also a great indicator of when it’s done!)
Cooking this quinoa is simple. Add a cup and a half of liquid for every cup of quinoa. Bring to a boil, reduce and then simmer for 15 mins. Super simple!
Of course I have a hard time doing anything as directed and like to jazz things up a bit…
Instead of water using a homemade or store-bought stock of your choice is a nice additive instead of water. It just beings a more full-bodied flavor to the quinoa. After my quinoa is done cooking I love to transfer it to a saute pan with garlic, olive oil and finely chopped onions. So yummy. I know some people despise raisins, but they just taste so delicious in sautéed quinoa, it’s not even funny.
You can also make this ahead of time and refrigerate it for the entire week! A great superfood for easy food prep.
I hope you guys enjoyed this little tie bit of information. Have you tried quinoa? Feel free to leave your amazing recipes below!
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This is a super quick and easy appetizer! It’s delicious. You can eat them as is or serve them on a delicious arugula salad. I would pair these shrimp with candied walnuts, blue cheese, and fresh oranges (if in season FIGS would be beyond delicious). A little lemon vinaigrette over top of the salad and you are good to go. A meal in itself!
Alright… here we go!
SHRIMP (peeled deviated, tail on)
SALT & BLACK PEPPER (to taste)
Take your shrimp, wrap each one with half a piece of your favorite breakfast bacon. Place them on a baking tray and coat each wrapped shrimp with a bit of the preserves. Sprinkle with black pepper and salt and bake in a 425 degree oven for 10 mins or until the bacon has crisped. ENJOY!
Riley is now 9 months and exploring the wonderful world of food! We started her on solids when she was about 6 months old because she had more than doubled her birth weight and was simply ready to start. Starting solids with your baby truly depends on when you but most importantly your child is ready to start, they’ll definitely let you know in some sort of way. We started out slow with oatmeal cereal and worked our way into the “easy to digest” veggies like squash, sweet potato, peas and apples. Now at nine months we are exploring all types of healthy recipes and she is loving every meal.
Recently, I’ve been setting aside a small amount of whatever veggies and protein we are eating for dinner and making Riley a small serving of her own variation of our meal. I think this is a great way to introduce your baby to new foods and yummy combinations. We had lamb pasta the other night for dinner and this was the “pasta free” version I made for Riley to enjoy. Hope your kiddies love it as much as she does!
Lamb and Veggies! (makes 2 servings)
3 tablespoons ground lamb
organic cherry tomatoes (Halved)
a teaspoon of freshly chopped organic basil
handful of spinach
Grated Gruyère cheese (optional)
First and foremost WASH YOUR VEGGIES! Regardless of if they are organic or not, it is so important to wash your fruits and vegetables to ensure the best for you and your family. I opt for Honest Fruit & Veggie wash when I’m making a meal for my family. I’ll include a link below if you want to check it out :).
Cook the ground lamb in a small skillet on medium heat for about 3 mins. Lamb has a lot of natural fat so you do not need to add any sort of oil to the pan. Add in the tomatoes and cook until mashable. Lastly add in your spinach and basil. Depending on your preference you can serve as is or chop it up a bit more in your blender. Riley is at an age where cheese is an option so I love adding a little Gruyère to this dish for her! I let it cool and place it on her high chair tray so she can feed herself, she loves it! Enjoy!
(Try the Fruit & Veggie wash and let me know what you think! I love it.)